UNLV politics professor Ted Jelen dies after long illness

UNLV Political Science professor Ted Jelen on December 13, 2010. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)
UNLV Political Science professor Ted Jelen on December 13, 2010. (R. Marsh Starks/UNLV Photo Services)

Ted Jelen, a professor credited with helping raise the profile of the UNLV politics science department over the last two decades, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Jelen, who came to the university in 1997 as department chair and full professor, was widely regarded as a leading scholar of religion and politics, according to John Tuman, current department chair and professor.

Tuman said Jelen and his scholarly work as helping increase the department’s visibility nationally and internationally.

“He really had an international reputation in the area of religion and politics,” Tuman said in an interview Wednesday. “He was an extremely productive scholar. He had tremendous drive, and his research was widely cited.”

Jelen was a driving force in the recognition of the growing importance and influence of religion in American politics, Tuman said.

Jelen authored, co-authored or edited 16 books and published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters, according to a UNLV…

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